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The Lord Ruler's perfect capital city, Luthadel, is doing the impossible: rebelling. Skaa half-breeds are being taught the power of Allomancy, something that the Lord Ruler's obligators said only existed in the nobility. The enslaved skaa, with their murderous benefactor, now fight back against a living god's oppression.

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Rooftop Wanderings

W1 D6 NT Kaylen Hasting Niro

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#1 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:35 PM

The mists curled and spun through the streets, and over the buildings, dancing in eternal, shifting patterns. For someone who had spent half their life in the mist, it was beautiful. Draped in his mistcloak, Kaylen sat on a rooftop near the skaa workplaces, surveying the night. He kept chasing rumours as to the whereabouts of the rebellion, for he wished to join, especially after hearing that they were behind the deaths of the Casuana leaders. Anybody striking against the nobility was Kaylen's ally, and the downfall of Casuana seemed as good a place as any to start. Burning his tin made the mists less obtrusive, and so it was doubly hard for anyone to sneak up on him. Because of this, it was easy for him to hear the quiet scuffling of someone climbing to the rooftop. Kaylen turned, awaiting the new arrival.
Characters

- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn

#2 Niro

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Magnus Venture's Desk

Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:38 PM

Niro was quite a strange skaa. He was young and worked or a living, but most of all the mists did not scare him. He grew up in the mists, moving an shaping his body and mind to become who he was today. In the mists, he lived. The mists were life, were love. Without the mists, Niro was nothing. Without the ash, Niro was nothing. And without running around at night, Niro was nothing.

Which brought him to this building climbing to the top to run around some more. Except when he reached the top, he never expected to see a man, lt alone a Mistborn. Shit.
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#3 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 10:26 AM

From his position, Kaylen saw a young skaa boy who looked to be no older than 15 climb nimbly up to the rooftop, and then was visibly shocked when he saw Kaylen sitting there, mistcloak surrounding him, no doubt looking incredibly threatening. Kaylen held up his hands, then realised that through the mists, he would seem vague. Moving closer, he Soothed the boy's emotions. "I mean you no harm. I am a friend of the skaa, I will not hurt you."

Dropping his tin so he would have the same visibility level as the boy, Kaylen stopped at a distance when he would become clear to the boy. "Tell me, do you know anything about the whereabouts of the rebellion? I am sure they could use my services." He accompanied this with a Soothing of the boy's fear, a Rioting of his trust and confidence, as well as a large handful of clips. In the skaa world, bribes worked just as well as brass and zinc.
Characters

- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn

#4 Niro

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 10:50 PM

Niro was apprehensive to be in contact with any nobleman, let alone a Mistborn. He tried to avoid the nobility of any kind, whether it was day or night. Either way, to were conniving, capable of horrbile evils. However, the skaa were capable of similar evils. As the boy watched the man approach, he backed up, standing on the edge of the roof, teetering on a thin line to oblivion.

Then he felt his emotions change. His despair, untrust, and fear seemed to melt away. It was obvious to Niro that this man was changing his mind set, manipulating him for answers. Then he felt a trust in the man, confidence in if he told him what he wanted, it would all be okay. Niro saw him offer him the clips, but it was, as you could say, overkill. Niro shook his head at the bribe. ?Even if I knew, I wouldn't tell you. Sir, if I may make a suggestion, stay the hell away from me. I don't need trouble.?
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#5 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:06 PM

Kaylen sighed. In his eagerness to gain information, he was regrettably too heavy-handed with both his allomancy and his bribe. He extinguished his brass and zinc, replacing them with copper, bronze and tin. The boy in front of him wasn't pulsing, which could have meant that he had no allomantic powers, thus making him less of a priority for the rebellion. Of course, he could just as easily have been a Smoker who wanted to keep the rebellion a secret from a strange mistborn. Flicking back his cloak to replace his clips, Kaylen accidentally exposed one of his daggers strapped to his waist. Hoping the boy didn't see it, Kaylen covered the hilt back up hastily. He'd already made this boy suspicious, untrusting and possibly angry. No need to scare him half to death too.
Characters

- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn

#6 Niro

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Magnus Venture's Desk

Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:50 PM

Niro eyed the man, not believing he could put his trust in him. The man was obviously of noble birth. A nobleman asking about the rebellion? That could only mean bad news. This guy was bad news for a boy like Niro. Crisp, shaven, in good physical condition. Niro couldn't lose this guy in a chase, oh fell no.

That was when Niro realized it was all over. He was a step away from death by fall and a few paces away from death by the hands of a Mistborn. When the man stowed his gold, Niro caught a glimpse of a dagger. The next instance, he lost his composure. "Stay away." He took a step back now, forgetting he was already standing on an edge.

He began to fall.
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#7 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:25 AM

As the boy's eyes widened in shock and fear at the sight of Kaylen's dagger, he mentally cringed. I've gone and scared the kid anyway, and now he'll probably run off and tell the rebellion that they've got hostile mistborn on their tail. His expression soon changed from self-annoyance to shock as the boy reflexively stepped back, and proceeded to fall off the building.

The four-story building.

Springing forward with a surge of pewter, Kaylen grabbed the boy with one hand, and managed to throw a coin down with the other, Pushing against it as it hit the ground, as well as Pushing and Pulling on metals attached to the surrounding buildings, in order to change their journey from a fatal plunge to a graceful landing. Setting the boy down, Kaylen checked to see if the young skaa was hurt, then made sure no-one was watching. He then turned back to the boy, drawing his daggers and placing them slowly on the ground.

"A normal nobleman would have let you fall, and a bad one would have cut your throat beforehand. I mean you no harm." This time, Kaylen refrained from using allomancy to influence the boy.
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- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn

#8 Niro

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:11 PM

To put it simply, that was simply amazing. With a flurry of motion, the man had thrown himself outward, catching Niro's hand and slowing a fall to the ground with some amazing powers. With shaky legs, Niro dropped to the street, letting go of the man's hand,

By the Lord Ruler, that was frightening. Truthfully, Niro was on the brink of urinating himself. Though it helped he had relieved himself before his climb up the building. He would have surely fallen if not for the save. Niro imagined his body, mangled, fractured dark lump in the street to be cleared by skaa cleaning crews the next day.

"Uh... Thank you, sir." His voice held trust, compassion, gratitude, perhaps even the beginning of worship or undying thanks. These emotions were also seen in his stance. Niro had let his guard down, relaxing his once taut muscles and breathing in a soft motion. "If it is the rebellion you seek, I can't help you. I was honest in my words before. What uprising would want me? I have no powers like yourself. I can't fight longer than any other man, I can't manipulate you with my mind, I can't even fight with a sword and shield, let alone a staff or dagger. They wouldn't want me."
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#9 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:02 AM

Kaylen looked into the boy's eyes, and saw sincerity. He really did know nothing about the rebellion. He obviously knew nothing of Allomancy, for he was looking at Kaylen with what seemed to be admiration and awe. "What uprising would want me? I have no powers like yourself."

Kaylen shook his head. "My powers are incredibly rare among nobility, and even more so in skaa. The rebellion needs people like yourself, because me and my kind are very difficult to get hold of. And besides, you climbed that pretty well." He motioned towards the building they had just fallen off of. "I'd say you could easily be a good thief with climbing skills like that."

Kaylen studied the boy, noticing with the help of his tin that the skaa's skin was not pale, as typical of someone from Luthadel, but was a darker tone. "You look like you come from outside the Central Dominance. If you don't mind me asking, where do you come from, to have that skin tone?"
Characters

- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn

#10 Niro

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:21 PM

When the man mentioned thief, Niro smiled. He was a thief; that was precisely what he was planning when he climbed the building. Breaking into low ranking noble homes was rather simple. So was out running their guard.

Niro was surprised by the man's question. Why did the color of his skin matter? It was quite preposterous. However, the man had saved Niro. It was the least he could do to answer the question.

?My brother once told me I was born in Fadrex city. He also told me that my father, a skaa manservant, was from some place far away. I think it was...? Niro racked his brain. Not only did his brother bring back bad memories, it was so long ago that he had learned the information that he had forgotten. ?Oh! The Farmost Dominance. I think dark skin is more natural there. Has something to do with the amount of sun they get or something.?
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#11 Kaylen Hasting

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 09:34 PM

When the boy said that he had roots in the Farmost Dominance, it triggered a thought in Kaylen's head. The Farmost Dominance? His father was a manservant? I think I remember something in one of my books back at the Keep about a small incident in Farmost, nearly 15 years ago. Interesting... Although it was more likely that all the young nobles would attend Casuana's Ball naked and escorting Inquisitors than it was for this boy to be connected to the incident, once the thought entered Kaylen's head, it would not be moved. As annoying thoughts had a habit of doing to him.

Suddenly, Kaylen noticed that the mists were beginning to thin, and his tin revealed the slightest hint of sunlight on the horizon. Kaylen guessed he had about half an hour before sunrise. Cursing, Kaylen looked over his shoulder, towards the general direction of the city docks. "Phyra will be waiting, and it wouldn't do to be late..." He muttered to himself, then turned to the skaa boy.

"I've always been terrible with introductions. I'm Kaylen. You seem like a bright person; I'm sure you'll have discovered which House I'm from by the next time we meet. And if you make a habit of wandering about on rooftops at night, I'm sure we will meet again."

With a smile and a nod, Kaylen retrieved his daggers, and Pushed off the coin he had been standing on, the one he had thrown down to save the two of them. He landed gracefully on the rooftop, and looked down towards the boy. "I say this because, my young friend, I think it's clear that a love of rooftop wanderings is an interest we have in common." With a theatrical and mysterious swirling of his mistcloak, Kaylen threw down a coin, and bounded off towards the docks, racing the retreating mists and rising sun.
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- Kaylen Hasting; Noble Mistborn





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